Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Category: Kidney Diseases
Patients who are taking certain heart medications and are also on dialysis may want to have their kidneys tested for further damage, as a new study has found that the heart medication digoxin may increase the risk of premature death.
The research, which was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, monitored the medical records of more than 120,000 dialysis patients for a period of four years. Investigators found that those taking digoxin for heart disease were 28 percent more likely to die during the study period than those who were not taking the medication.
The authors noted that establishing the link was important because there are more than 400,000 individuals who are on dialysis for end-stage renal disease that can increase the risk for heart disease. Many of these patients may be treated with digoxin to improve their heart function.
"We were surprised to find that digoxin use increased death risk in dialysis patients," said Kevin Chan. "Although digoxin has been prescribed by doctors for over 200 years, widespread monitoring studies have not been conducted to examine the safety of the drug among patients on dialysis."
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here
Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.Back to top